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    Have TakStar Pro80 and Looking for the Next Step Up...Got Bored

    Exhibiting tremendous restraint and not just leaping to a pair of 800's, I have slowly moved up the value / SQ chain with 20 pairs of cans. What would be the next good step up from the Pro80's? Closed or Open is fine. I listen to rock, jazz, current Asian pop, classical, prog, kraut, very...
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    Cone and Driver Stiffening Using Spray Paint

    1) I won't be responsible if you destroy your $2,000 headphones. That said: One way that I have found to increase the detail of cheaper drivers is to spray them with a clear-coat, clear acrylic, spray paint. By 'cheaper drivers' I refer to $2 midrange drivers in cheap-o bookshelf boxes, or the...
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    FOTM Roll Call - Current and Past Popular Headphones or IEM's

    FOTM - Flavour of the Month, a headphone that is making the rounds and is overly popular here and elsewhere. I am new to the site so I don't know which cans were all the rage and very popular in the past. One I read of that I did not know about until this week: KEF 500 Which other IEM's and...
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    WHY Do Country, Western, Americana, and Alt-Country Artists Sing With a 'Country' Accent?...

    I really do not understand this and it has begun to bother me more the past few years. I live outside of my native country and people all over the world sing English language songs with more or less a non-accent. Abba, Psy, Tata, Celine Dion, Aqua, Right Said Fred - all have another language...
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    Which Sounds Better? - ALAC, FLAC, AIFF or WAV

    I am looking for input from those who hear a difference, no wish to discuss this with empiricists who will tell me there is none. Which encoding/file format do you all find sounds best when the source is the same in bitrate and sample? DSD is off the list as my ODAC is not DSD at this time...
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    Various HP Cable Recommendations $5-$15, $15-$30, $30-50

    Hi. I am new to re-cabling and looking for a thread or two or three that have many different cables in them. What I have, now, are some SuperLux products that I want to mod/upgrade with cables as the first step. Since those cans are $25, my budget for the cable is no more and hopefully much...
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    What is a Rational, Sensible, Reference Phone for the $30 - $120 Range?

    Some detailed explanation. I am buying headphones working up the price and performance chain, beginning with the very cheapest Chi-fi at $8 - $30. I have 8 Chinese cans that I purchased last month. I use the CAL! ($60), 668b ($27) and UE 500 buds ($50) as my current 'reference' to compare...
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    Has This Forum and Website Experienced Editorial Capture by the Headphone Industry?

    I see a disturbing cheerleader mentality in all the reviews which are almost all 3.5 stars or greater out of 5.0 stars. A recent review stated that a pair of NoiseHush i7 were 'sonically lacking but otherwise good'. Sonically lacking but good?!? Then they ARE NOT GOOD. I suspect this site is...
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    How to Discern Reals from Clones?

    I am buying phones on TaoBao and some products have multiple price points and what is most confusing is that the ones with the lower price, the one that is not comparable to the UK/EU/USA price, is often the one with the most positive reviews and best seller feedback. This makes it impossible...
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    Where is a Good Review Template - Best Examples?

    I want to write a review, who writes good reviews and where can I find a good example of a thorough template to follow?
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    Logitech UE 500 IEM - Micro Review

    A few beginning points. I am in my mid-50's and have never used any device with IEM or ear buds. Never owned an iPhone or all that. Always listened to music with 'on' or 'over' the ear full size phones. I had a portable rig with an original Sony Walkman in 1980 but I only used it on the bus with...
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    Mercator 6J1 - Very Inexpensive Chinese 2 X 6J1 Tube Pre-amp, Head-fi Amp. Consensus is that this is NOT an LD Clone

    I am starting at the bottom on Chinese gear, purchased this DIY set from Chongqing last month. A little about my perspective - I am a former club DJ of 20 years, got out of the business and sold most of my music and gear over 10 years ago. Now semi-retired and looking to reacquire some new...
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    Reclockers - USB Outboard Soundcards

    I am working up the scale in cans, amps and DAC's and I began on the cheapest reclockers I could find. If this is not the proper forum, please let me know where this should be posted. I purchased two reclockers that outsource the USB soundcard and miniplug functions. Neither are good to drive...
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